Acne Treatment FAQs

At St. Louis Laser Liposuction Center, we are skin care experts and we understand how acne can have a profound affect on how you look and feel. These St. Louis acne treatment FAQs can help you understand the condition, as well as available treatments.

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What is acne?

Acne is essentially caused by the skin’s excess oil production that is caused by hormonal fluctuations. It is important to understand that not all acne is the same and each different type requires different St. Louis acne treatments.

What are three general types of acne?

Comedonal — This is usually considered the mild form of acne and presents with whiteheads and blackheads
Inflammatory — This type of acne appears as inflamed, red areas underneath the blackheads and whiteheads
Cystic — This is the most severe type of acne as it is considered a true infection of the skin. It can often be painful and can cause scarring.

What are the different acne treatments and therapies?

With comedonal or mild to moderate inflammatory acne, topical creams can be used to unblock clogged pores causing the blackheads and whiteheads. These creams include medications such as Retin-A and Differin.

Some case may call for a topic retinoid in combination with oral antibiotics that will kill the bacteria causing the inflammation.

Severe acne including cystic acne is often treated with isotretinoin, a very powerful drug. Additional St. Louis acne treatments for more severe cases include laser and light therapies that will reduce inflammation and kill the bacteria that causes acne.

Are there treatments for acne scars?

Often, those who suffer from acne also experience scarring. There are several procedures and treatments that can eliminate the look of those scars, including:

Topical creams — There are several available non-prescription creams that include medications such as cortisone, skin lighteners and Vitamin C. These creams can reduce the appearance of the scars.

Fillers — Some dermal fillers can reduce the appearance of scarring by evening out the scar’s indentations.

Laser treatments — Laser therapy is perhaps the most effect scar treatment method. Additionally, laser treatments will stimulate collagen production to create an overall more healthy appearance to the skin.

Other treatments for acne and acne scars include chemical peels and microdermabrasion.

Your physician will determine the best course of St. Louis acne treatment based on your individual case and type of acne.

Are there any risks with acne treatments?

There may be some risks associated with some of these St. Louis acne treatments and your doctor will discuss these with you before administering treatment.